PASSAIC, NJ – A fire that broke out in a New Jersey prison laundry last week damaging light fixtures and electrical wiring is currently under investigation. The fire, which was contained to the laundry room in the Passaic County Jail, injured no one.
As President of Laundry Today I hope you enjoy reading the publication. I particularly enjoy interactions with our readers from letters they send expressing their opinions on industry happenings or issues which concern them. I rarely take the opportunity to express my opinion, however today I find myself in a position of wanting to speak out regarding hospital consolidation and purchasing groups.
Editors note: In our March 2002 issue we looked at the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO.) This month Ken Tyler will share with us how to prepare for a JCAHO survey.
While much time is spent preparing for JCAHO surveys, the impact and importance is directed at patient care and documentation that supports that activity. If there was ever a true definition of direct and indirect patient care, a review of JCAHO survey protocols and processes would easily layout the definitions.
PORTLAND, OR -- Deteriorating plant conditions, outdated equipment and severe space limitations were just some of the reasons that New System Laundry, a family run business since 1917, chose to undergo major renovations at their Portland plant.
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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.
“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”
“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”
Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.
“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”